Author: Fiona McLoughlin

Libya: Peace Talks Give Way In Face Of Violence As Refugees Are Evacuated

In a devastating blow to hope for stability in Libya, the United Nations-hosted national conference scheduled for next week has been called off following an upsurge of violence targeting Libya’s Capital, Tripoli, including an airstrike on the city’s only functioning airport. The conference was intended as a platform for peace

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Repeal The 8th: Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland

May 25th, 2018, was a historic day for women’s rights in the Republic of Ireland when a country-wide referendum voted for the 8th Constitutional Amendment – making abortion illegal – to be repealed. This vote demonstrated the Republic of Ireland’s social movement development towards acknowledging the rights of women, and

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When A Soul Is More Important Than A Life: The Fight For Irreligion

Religious freedom as a human right has featured prominently in global news across the last several years, as people become increasingly aware of the persecution of religious minorities around the world. However, in battling for the protection of minority religions – and the human right to exercise or practice any

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D.R.C. Election Controversy Continues As SADC Proposes Recount

Following a disputed presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has proposed a recount of the results, alongside calling for a unified national government. After 18 years of contentious rule from the outgoing president, Joseph Kabila, the long-awaited December 30th poll was

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Concerns Continue To Build As DRC’s Election Results Further Delayed

After a two-year delay, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) election results have been postponed for another week – following election-day chaos, communication shutdowns and widespread fears of electoral fraud. Several international bodies, including the UN Human Rights Office (ONHCR), have warned that continuing delays may contribute to growing tensions

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“Smart Pakem”: Indonesia Launches ‘Heresy App’ To Streamline Policing of Religious Minorities

Last month, the Jakarta State Prosecutor’s office (Kejati) launched a mobile application enabling members of the public to report on citizens engaging in “misguided” religious practices and beliefs. Known as ‘Smart Pakem’ (monitoring religious beliefs), the app has been condemned by human rights bodies, including Indonesia’s own National Commission on

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Human Rights Watch Warns Against Ethiopia’s Hate Speech Law

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has joined the list of experts cautioning the Ethiopian government’s move to criminalize hate speech. Despite offering encouragement for the leadership’s willingness to tackle this issue, the HRW has warned that “laws criminalizing hate speech have been often and easily abused,” and suggested that alternative

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Sowing The Seeds Of Peace In South Sudan

The UN peacekeeping body in South Sudan, UNMISS, has distributed over 5,000 indigenous tree seedlings across schools and other public centres in collaboration with the South Sudanese government, to support its continuing efforts to counter climate change. South Sudan’s natural habitat has seen its fair share of ruin during five

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Mass Expulsions From Angola Put Over 330,000 Congolese Migrants At Risk – And Could Trigger A Humanitarian Crisis, UN Warns.

Over the past month, an estimated 330,000 people have reportedly crossed from Angola into the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) in the wake of an expulsion order targeting ‘irregular migrants’ put into place by the Government of Angola. The UN refugee agency has expressed increasing concerns that enforcement of this

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UNHRC Votes To Extend Probe Of Alleged War Crimes In Yemen

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to extend probe investigations into alleged war crimes and human rights violations by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, despite avid opposition from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the internationally recognized government of Yemen itself. In a 21 to 8

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